Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • Monroe Lake
  • Off Highway 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Heritage Days

  • Dates vary between July 7, 2017 - July 9, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Featuring the Heritage Village, with time period portrayals and historic activities, as well as heritage programs and craft activities. Event details and times at http://bit.ly/heritagedays2017 Learn more

Intro to Kayaking Workshop

  • July 9, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/introkayakjul2017-1 • Registration required by July 3. • Cost is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people; ages 8 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking is for you! Kayaks let you... Learn more

Craig Brenner presents Music in Indiana State Parks

  • July 15, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Concert Location: Activity Center Amphitheater (next to the beach) Some bench seating is available; you may want to bring your own chairs. Craig Brenner will perform music and invite the young - and young at heart - to join him in exploring the jazzy side of blues, boogie... Learn more

Intro to Kayaking Workshop

  • July 23, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/introkayakjul2017-2 • Registration required by July 17. • Cost is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people; ages 8 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking is for you! Kayaks let you... Learn more

Plein Air Painting Demo

  • August 5, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Plein Air Painting Demo from 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Swimming Beach Oil painter, Charlene Marsh, will demonstrate her plein air painting techniques on the beach capturing the movement and energy of the swimmers in the natural environment. Learn more

S'mores Celebration

  • August 12, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Location: Activity Center Amphitheater at Paynetown SRA Celebrate National S’mores Day with our s’mores buffet! We’ll have a wide array of ingredients to let you experiment with unusual and unique combinations. DROP BY after dinner – we’ve got your dessert covered. Donations... Learn more